this election season has been the most polarizing that I can remember and with that, has come lots and lots of emotions.
in the days following the election, some professional athletes spoke up about whatever person they voted for. Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, said in an interview that he'd always supported Trump, but didn't elaborate. Both Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer weighed in on Twitter. Arrieta seemingly offered to help any celebrities who threatened to move should Trump win pack their things. And Bauer, well, he couldn't just stop at his "MAGA!" tweet. He's been arguing with people who respond for about four days. He's even told some that "Obamacare" is the reason for his father having to shutter his business.
I've seen lots of reactions to athletes saying how they voted. many are disappointed in them. some feel like they can't cheer for them anymore. I understand it's sad when an athlete you liked, has views that are different from yours. (many of you know, I changed my twitter name from Shake Arrieta to just Shake after Jake's tweet.) but I've been thinking about this for a very long time. since back when I was extremely upset about teams signing men who have been accused of domestic violence without requiring some kind of counseling or *something*.
back then, I decided to root for the laundry. I refuse to get caught up in really liking a specific player anymore. root for the team, the city, the colors, but not individuals.
athletes are people, too. people who get to vote how they want, for whatever reason they want, no matter how we feel about it. I've had some friends say that maybe Arrieta, Bauer, and Cutler should've kept those thoughts to themselves. but would you feel that way if they'd come out in support of Clinton?
it's time we stop putting athletes on pedestals and expecting them to be whatever we believe to be a model human being. we will not always agree with them. we will sometimes think they are absolutely horrible people. sometimes, their views will even let us know how they feel about who *we* are.
I am not saying ignore it, or don't call them to task on problematic and hateful views or violence. I'm saying don't let them take you away from something you love and enjoy.
don't root for people, folks. root for the laundry.
as usual, @ me on this.